Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 216345
Windows missing decorations for unpriv user and other desktop anomalies
Last modified: 2014-06-18 05:08:59 EDT
Description of problem:
Desktop display windows have no decorations and don't create buttons in bottom
panel. Workplace Switcher also does not display properly. This appears to be a
privilege problem as the desktop behaves normally for "root."
The attached screenshot shows problems. It was difficult to run more than 1
application as most of them display in the upper-left corner of the screen,
overlaying the desktop menus.
I'm not sure this is a Nautilus problem but the only error messages that show up
upon exiting X that are unique to the unprivileged user are:
** (nautilus:pid):WARNING **: Can not calculate _NET_NUMBER_OF_DESKTOPS
** (nautilus:pid):WARNING **: Can not get _NET_WORKAREA
** (nautilus:pid):WARNING **: Can not determine workarea, gussing at layout
The only difference in the Xorg log is that these lines are at the end of the
non-priv user's log:
(II) SAVAGE(0): [drm] removed 1 reserved context for kernel
(II) SAVAGE(0): [drm] unmapping 8192 bytes of SAREA 0xeebf1000 at 0xb0eb5000
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Every package is the latest available.
Every login/startx for non-root account
This started after applying the following set of updates:
Created attachment 141590 [details]
Screenshot of errant display
It seems you are not running a window manager.
(In reply to comment #2)
> It seems you are not running a window manager.
How would I have done that? I'm not aware of any action on my part that would
have created this situation. Remember, this does not happen to the root user.
How do I find out for sure? Then, what do I do about it?
I also meant to mention that I'm only seeing this on the Athlon box and not on
an x86_64 or VMware VM install that I've done.
OK, figured it out. You are correct that no window manager was running. What
happened was I tried to Enable Desktop Effects (switch to compiz) and the
whole UI locked up... no screen, no keyboard, no mouse. I had to ssh in from
another system and reboot to restore sanity. This coincided with the package
updates cited above and I incorrectly associated the actions.
I restored normal display behavior with: metacity --replace gconf &
I then tried: compiz --replace gconf &
and that trashed everything again so I rebooted and restored metacity as above.
I'm not changing the status/flags on this report as I'm assuming you'll want
to pursue the problems with compiz. I'll be happy to help if I can.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 212725 ***